Folks in Oregon have been trumpeting the good news all day today—and rightly so; according to the Pew Charitable Trusts Oregon has the largest percentage of its jobs involved in the clean energy economy. (Click map for larger version)
True—it’s a small chunk (1.02 percent of the 1.9 million jobs in the state), but it shows that the state has claimed a lead in the transition to the new energy economy.
Idaho also ranked well, in the second tier with .63 percent of its jobs being green. Washington didn’t fare quite as well—only .55 percent of its 3.1 million jobs.
As we’ve noted before, it’s hard to define exactly what green-collar jobs are. Pew puts them in the context of the clean energy economy, which it defines as:
A clean energy economy generates jobs, businesses and investments while expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving water and other natural resources.
The clean energy economy cuts across five categories: (1) Clean Energy; (2) Energy
Efficiency; (3) Environmentally Friendly Production; (4) Conservation and Pollution Mitigation; and (5) Training and Support.